Dr. Templeton describes multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer from bone marrow. Bone marrow is the material that’s inside bone that helps make all of the cells in your body. It makes the red blood cells that carry oxygen, it makes the platelets that make bleeding stop, it also makes the white blood cells that fight infection.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that occurs within those cells inside the bone marrow. It is typically seen in adults. It’s called multiple because when it is diagnosed, most frequently it is in multiple bones, and you see it in several bones. It is something that is not typically treated with surgery unless there is a risk that the bone has gotten so thin from the myeloma that the bone is at risk of breaking. This is a cancer that’s typically treated with chemotherapy, occasionally with radiation, and again, if there’s a bone that’s fairly thin from the cancer.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.